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Study History at OSU

Because history is...
more than just a collection of facts about the past. History is community, debate, identity. History is our map to the present. Students can pursue the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in History alongside faculty who have earned a reputation for excellence in teaching, public engagement, and scholarship. With courses covering all geographic spaces and time periods and specializations in the American West, Native American History, and Public History, students with a wide variety of interests and career goals will find a home in the Department of History.

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Undergraduate Studies

Our courses give students a broad understanding of the evolution of civilizations, peoples, countries, and institutions. The department's instruction is designed to aid students interested in education, law, journalism, business, public service, and even scientific and technical disciplines.

Graduate Studies

Our graduate program offers an M.A., Ph.D., and a graduate certificate in Museum and Curatorial Studies for students interested in pursuing advanced study in a wide range of historical fields.

Public History

Specialized training in Public History prepares students for careers in and outside of academia. Our graduates work at archives, museums, historical societies, and universities across the country.

The Women of Black Wall Street

Digital History Project
Students in Dr. Brandy Thomas Wells' Digital History Methods course launched a website that commemorates the Historic Greenwood community and the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre. The project illuminates the lives of ten women of Black Wall Street through biographies, background essays, maps, and interviews with Greenwood descendants and present-day business owners. 
A portrait of Dora Wells, a black woman with short hair, pearly drop earrings, neckace, and formal attire.


Faculty Publications

"Why It Matters: Talks on the American Past"
In the past year, History Department faculty published five new books. To celebrate the authors and share their expertise with the public, the department launched a five-part public program series called, "Why It Matters: Talks on the American Past." Check out each of the talks below as well as a complete list of faculty book publications.


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With a broad range of thematic and regional expertise, our faculty work closely with students to pursue their interests.

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